One Mr. Ishola Oluwafemi, a NAMA officer, has appealed to the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusola Amore and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate how he was brutalised by some riot police officers.
He stated that it was necessary to prevent other people from experiencing the ordeal he was subjected to.
In an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Tuesday, he said he was in his office about 9.45am on Sunday when some riot police officers led by Mr. Shola Gbadeyan (DSP) assaulted him.
According to him, the police officers had come to reinforce security at the airport before the arrival of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
He said while he and his colleagues were exchanging pleasantries, a policeman knocked on the door of the office where they were.
Oluwafemi said, “We heard a knock again on the door. Because I was close to the door, I opened it. Immediately I saw a police officer, I looked at him.
“He asked me, “Why did you not talk to me?’ I said, “About what? I do not know you from Adam and we never had any conversation, so what is it that I am going to talk to you about?” And he said, ‘Ok, sorry’ and shut the door.
“Few minutes later, I was still discussing with my colleagues when four police officers came and started shouting,
‘Where is the boy, where is the boy? Bring him here. Come out.’ I said, ‘what for? Why are you people shouting in my office, what is wrong?’ They said I spoke to their ‘oga’ rudely. I asked how and they started slapping me and shouting that I must be very stupid.
“Their boss was on the other side commanding them to bring me out. While they were beating me and saying I was stupid, I said I was not stupid. They got angrier and said that if soldiers were beating me, would I have the effrontery to talk back at them?’ I said, yes, I would talk back at anybody who is beating me like this in my office when I am doing my duty, I have not wronged the person and this is a Federal Government parastatal. Gbadeyan himself punched me in the eyes.”
Oluwafemi alleged that they continued beating him and that at a point, he fell down.
He added that they were about whisking him away when his colleagues ran to their operational area and called other workers.
According to him, when the police officers noticed that the NAMA staff were about recording how they were beating him, one of the police officers shouted at them to stop any form of recording.
He said the police officers later went into their van and zoomed off to the terminal area of the airport.
He stated that the NEMA officials later took him to the airport police station for him to lodge a complaint but that his statement was not taken when the police officers learnt he was brutalised by policemen.
He said he was later admitted at the Adeyi Hospital, Sokoto Road, Offa Agbo Oba, Ilorin, where he was treated.
According to a medical report signed by Dr. D.I. Adeyi, the victim sustained injuries and bled and was treated at the cost N150,000.
Adeyi in the report said, “Bearer reported here on Sunday at about 2pm after being beaten up by armed mobile policemen.
“He was brutalised with abrasions and no fracture. He had sebaceous bleeding around the head and abdomen. No visible fracture seen.”
The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was not aware of the case and added that if Oluwafemi was truthful in his allegations, he should officially report the alleged assault.
There was utter shock and confusion pervading the atmosphere of Oke Kura Prison, Ilorin, Kwara State, as six inmates were beaten to death by prison warders.
Sources exclusively gathered from a top prison source that 11 other inmates were seriously injured during the fracas which occurred around 2pm.
It was learnt that the inmates, who were in the condemned inmates’ cell, had protested the substandard quality of food they were served.
They reportedly demanded to see the controller of the prison to address their grievances.
The source said the prison authorities shunned the inmates and refused to heed their call.
He said, “The demand for improvement in food quality and quantity had been on for the past two months, but nothing was done.
“On Thursday, the inmates decided to protest. That was how the warders went and got the arms squad. They entered into the prison and unleashed terror on the inmates, who were in the condemned cell.
“Five of them died there and one of the 12 casualties died at the hospital. The incident has caused tension in the prison as I speak with you.”
It was learnt that the 11 other casualties were on “danger list” at the hospital where they were receiving treatment.
Our source identified the deceased to include one Alhaji Fasisi, Alhaji Yusuf, and Jeunlo.
“There is a grand plan to cover up the incident in the prison,” he added.
The spokesperson for the Nigeria Prison Service, Francis Enobore, could not be reached on his phone.
He had yet to respond to a text message sent to his line as of the time of filing this report.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the Ilorin Prison who identified himself simply as Philip, denied the incident.
He said, “How is it possible for warders to beat inmates to death? It is not true and no such thing happened. If you’re in doubt, come down to Ilorin, I will personally lead you to Oke Kura to see things for yourself.”
ILORIN—NO fewer than four persons were feared killed after a clash between rival cult members in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Sources gathered that the clash between the rival cultists started Monday night in Gaa-Akanbi area of the metropolis, when suspected rival cult members murdered a boy in his 20s.
In what was seen as a reprisal attack resulting in four deaths, it was gathered that the violence spread to Ipata Market and Kankatu areas of Ilorin on Tuesday, where two persons were killed by suspected cultists.
The two incidents were said to have happened between 4p.m. and 9p.m., as the corpse of an 18-year-old boy, killed at Kankatu area of the town, was said to have been dumped beside Amule bridge.
It was gathered that the boy hailed from Osoogun compound of the metropolis.
Vanguard checks revealed that men of the state police evacuated the corpse and deposited same at an undisclosed hospital morgue in the town.
In continuation of the attacks, another person in his 30s was, yesterday, allegedly hacked to death by the rampaging cult members in Odoota area of the metropolis. The suspected cultists were said to have struck at 11a.m.
According to the source, the deceased was preparing to go to work when the rival cult group attacked him.
Contacted, spokesperson of the state Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident at Gaa-Akanbi, adding that he was yet to get information regarding the other incidents in the metropolis.
He, however, promised to call the DPOs of the areas in question for confirmation, adding “I can only confirm to you that the Gaa-Akanbi incident was as a result of rival cult clashes.”
The Kwara State Police Command has arrested a Fulani herdsman, identified as, Abubakar Usman, for allegedly killing his 65-year-old mother, Khadijat, and his brother’s wife, Ramatu Shagari, 35.
The 25-year old, who resides in Patigi area of the state, was paraded at the state police command’s headquaters in Ilorin, the state capital on Wednesday.
Usman, while speaking with a source, however, regretted his action, saying he may have been charmed by his father.
According to Usman, “I am into cattle rearing. On that day when I woke up, I took N1,000 from my room and took my cows out for grazing.
“Suddenly, I discovered that the cattle were running away and I followed them. On getting back home, something came over me and I used a knife to stab my mother. I also stabbed my brother’s wife. I believe that my father charmed me. I do not have mental disorder.”